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28 Feb -Dealing with discouragement

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Today I felt discouraged. I discovered that even though I had been working diligently and consistently at something I’d felt God wanted me to do, someone else had been more “successful” at the same thing and with very little obvious effort. I must admit that I had the thought “really, but I work and try so hard, how come it comes so easily to them?” I may have even whispered “God, what’s with that?”

We are all going to experience some level of discouragement at some point in our life. Especially if we are ever going to attemp to be or do anything. It goes with the territory of stepping out, of taking risks and of following our dreams and  God’s leading for our lives.

Actually we are in very good company whenever we may feel discouraged. Noah preached for decades, and only 8 people ever responded favourably. (Genesis 5; 2 Peter 2:5) Joseph helped someone, and when they had the opportunity to assist him in return they left him forgotten in an Egyptian prison for years. (Genesis 40:5-15; 23) Moses came down off Mt Sinai after having a “full on” encounter with God to discover that all the people he was responsible for leading were busy worshipping a golden calf. (Exodus 32:1-8) Jeremiah was thrown into a well for speaking the truth, and for doing what God had told him to do. (Jeremiah 38:1-6) David, Job, the early disciples of Jesus, Paul and many others all suffered from discouragement.

So how do we deal with a what the dictionary describes as a: loss of confidence or enthusiasm; dispiritedness, downheartedness, dejection, depression, demoralization, disappointment, despondency, and hopelessness. Jesus sets an example for us in the way He lived while on the earth.

He refused to give up – the key to overcoming obstacles and disappointments in every situation is not “where you are, but what you are”. Joy and happiness is not to be dependent on our circumstances, but rather upon what we are within us. It’s why it is imperative we know who we are in Jesus. Because when we discover that truth we become unstoppable regardless of discouragement.

He had perspective -Jesus looked at every situation from a heavenly viewpoint. He said for us to “lift up our eyes” (John 4:35). And to set our mind on things above, and not earthly things. God’s got all our needs and even the secret desires of our heart under control. He just says to seek him, amd He’ll add to us all the things everyone else spends so much energy and time trying to make happen. (Colossians 3:2; Matthew 6:33)

He kept walking – Jesus knew what he was on earth to do and he just kept his focus on sharing the good news and ultimately in dying, so as to release mankind from the bondage of sin and the devil.

And Jesus went about all Galilee, preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people”. (Matthew 4:23-24)

He drew aside and prayed – when faced with decisions or sorrow such as when John the baptist was murdered, Jesus draw close to the Father and received strength and comfort.

When Jesus heard what happened he withdraw by boat privately to a solitary place”. (Matthew 14:13)

And rising very early in the morning while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed”.(Mark 1:35-36)

He kept doing good, and speaking love, joy and blessing – In the midst of opposition and discouragements Jesus just kept right on doing what He was called to do, and ultimately He triumphed over sin and death.

…”Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him”. (Acts 10:38)

If you ever feel discouraged; lift your head up and look to, and learn from Jesus. Know and remind yourself who you are, and what you are here for. Learn to wait and to draw your strength from a loving God who sees all. He says, “don’t grow weary in doing good for in due season you shall reap if you do not give up”. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)

Plus as I discovered today, be on the alert and watch out for God’s unexpected blessings and surprises to encourage you. He is a good God, and if we just hold steady and keep walking with Him, He promises He’ll make it all work out better than we could ever of thought, dreamt or imagined. (Ephesians 3:20)

Prayer: Jesus thank you for your example of how to navigate and walk through discouragement. Help me to remember and to keep my eyes on the truth of who I am, and what I am here for so that I don’t give up. In Jesus Name Amen.

27 Feb -Run!

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Have you ever watched or been on the sidelines of a race as the runners passed by. There is  excitement and the sound of cheering as the runners race by, each one intent on reaching the finish line and winning the prize. Judging by the popularity of the Olympics and other competitions these races obviously capture many people’s attention and imagination, as we marvel at the competitors athleticism, dedication and hours of training.

Yesterday I saw such a running race, except it was in the form of a vision I received whilst I waiting in Gods presence. I saw this large green hillside and Jesus was loudly cheering me on as I ran up the hill. He was yelling “Run, run really fast and don’t worry about what anyone else is doing around you; just run into all that I have for you”. He was really excited, and was jumping up and down as he ran alongside me on the hillside, much like spectators do alongside the track of a road race or cross country.

This vision has stuck in my mind, plus its accompanying message to Run! Perhaps because we often do anything but run when it comes to our lives. We often just plod! We plod along through the challenges, constant little dramas, difficulties and other people’s stuff; and we far too often get bogged down.

But I don’t think being “bogged down” was ever Gods plan for us. He actually says the exact opposite in His word, and encourages us to “throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And to run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12: 1-2). Plus when you feel like you might be growing weary and going to lose heart don’t give up, but look at Jesus and His example of persevering even through opposition and difficulties.

God wants and created us to run through this life. He promises assistance when we choose to draw our strength from spending regular time with Him, and as we learn to wait and found renewal in His presence. The bible says, “Do you not know that in a race the runners run but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize”. (1 Corinthians 9:24)

“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”. (Isaiah 40:31)

The question perhaps that we need to ask ourselves everyday is what are we pursuing and running after and to? Are we pursuing primarily our own desires, needs and wants, or are we pursuing Jesus, and all that He has for us in this time and hour?  We can easily become distracted and even get led off track by the noise and glamour of other things. This can  cause us to miss the true prize and the ability to see the value in what Jesus is trying to lead us to.

Today, choose carefully what and whom you are running to and into. Jesus and all of heaven is cheering us on to run, and to not get bothered by those things that are around us. Determine to run your race well, and to make it one in which you seek after and pursue that which is of true and of lasting value! Run today, and run fast!

Prayer: Lord please give me wisdom and strength to run my race well in this life, and to pursue you, and all that you have to reveal to me. Help me not to get “bogged down” in the inconsequential things of this world, when you want to show me all the mysteries of heaven and the universe. In Jesus name Amen.

26 Feb -Nothing’s gonna bring me down

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Jesus is pretty loud and clear in what He says. He doesn’t expect that we will pick and choose what we like in His word, and leave the rest; but that that we will take hold of, and act on everything.

He says…These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.

But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.” (Matthew 7:24-27 The Message)

We find His words in the bible, but unless we read it we will have no idea of what it is that Jesus is saying. If we only listen to those around us, and their understanding of God we will more often than not end up in a confused mess. But when we read the bible and study it, listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, and then also listen and learn from those more mature in their walk with God, we will be able to take hold of His words and build our life on them.

Jesus also said, “Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention”. (Matthew 7:13-14)

If you want to build a life that will not just ‘survive but thrive” then build your life on Jesus, His word, and His way of living. Then even if everyone else’s life is falling apart and crumbling around their ears, you will remain standing on solid ground because you’ve built your life; who you are, how you see yourself, your family and your future on the rock solid foundations of Jesus. I encourage you to begin building and suring up your foundations in Jesus today, so that you can not only survive but thrive. Take the opportunity now to:

  1. Read God’s word – start a bible reading plan, find a translation that you like, and that makes the word “pop” inside of you when you read it.
  2. Spend time with and get in a community with others who are excited about their walk with Jesus.
  3. Make time to grow in your relationship with Jesus, seek Him, just hang out with Him, put Him in the center of your life and not on the sidelines, and listen and do what He says.
  4. Be consistent about these things, “for in consistency lies the power”.

When you build your life on these truths and principles “nothing is ever going to be able to  bring you down”, so start building today.

Prayer: Lord I ask that you help me to remain consistent in my walk with you. I determine in my heart and mind to be like the wise builder who built his life on you and what you say. (Matthew 7:27) Help me to begin afresh to do that today. In Jesus name Amen.

 

 

 

 

25 Feb -100%

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There is a guy named Joshua in the bible. He’s actually one of my favourite people in the bible that God has given an account of. He was a tough, resilient, pure hearted, committed, God seeker, who wasn’t afraid to be His own man, who would go against the general consensus if it meant following what God had said. He believed God and His word and was prepared to put His life on the line if necessary to act upon his convictions.

Joshua wasn’t afraid to call it for the way it was, and to say, “you can do what you want, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. We will follow after Him, we will obey what He says; no matter what that looks like, or how far that takes us, we are for God 100%”

That sort of lifestyle and commitment challenged people then and it still does today. It’s always inspiring when you meet people who have stood up against popular opinion and stated, “I’m going to live God’s way. I’m not going to follow after the crowd if that crowd isn’t going the way God is leading me. I’m going to live for Jesus. Whatever he says I will do. What I see in His word I’m going to believe; wherever He directs me to go, I will go; when He says speak or act or do, that’s where you will find me. I’m His 100%”.

When you look at the world, with all it’s “truth is relative, and everyone else is doing it, drinking it, taking it, thinking it, speaking it, living it, so maybe I should too” attitudes, that’s it’s more important than ever we in this generation begin to seek to have the same heart as Joshua. For us to also have the gumption and yes “guts” to stand up in the crowd and declare, “you may be happy to think and act the way everyone else around you is, but as for me I am going to live wholeheartedly for Jesus. I choose to follow what He says in the bible, even if that makes no sense to anyone else. If I see it I will do it, believe it, and speak it. Even if that means I have to keep believing when I cannot it see it happening, I will keep standing for Him and His word until my life lines up and reflects only Him.”

Imagine if you, and then your household, and then your workplace, neighbourhood, and community got a hold of living like Joshua did? How would that change things, and how would that transform this nation. Because when people start to live with conviction and with their whole hearts, others stand up and take notice, and are often inspired to start doing the same. Joshua’s example lead the way for a whole community to follow God, and even after he died the people kept on living lives of Godly conviction.

Today, take a look at your life. Are you compromising or settling for what everyone else does or thinks, or are you seeking after Jesus and His way of living 100%? It’s a choice we make everyday; so let your choice today be, “as for me and my house we will serve the Lord”.

But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Mark 8:34 NLT)

 “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

Prayer: Lord thank you for your great grace for me, and that even though I mess up and fail to follow you with conviction and my whole heart you still love me with an everlasting love. Would you please help me, and give me strength Holy Spirit to live for Jesus today, even if that means standing up and going against the crowd. In Jesus Name Amen

24 Feb -Everything is going to be okay!

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I’ve learnt something really important throughout all the twists and turns of my life so far. It’s that regardless of what chaos, hurt, disappointment or outright spiritual attack we may be going through, when we have Jesus walking alongside us, “everything is going to be okay in the end”.

I’ve discovered that “where there is life there is hope”, and that even when one chapter comes to a close in our life, that it’s ending is just the doorway to a new chapter beginning.

That may sound easy to say, but how do we live it. I would recommend step by step. Step by step we learn to trust Jesus to lead and guide us through every phase and circumstance in our life. He promises He will be with us, and that He will guide us in the paths of life. From an early age I have witnessed God’s provision and comfort. I’ve seen him provide food where there was none when my parents went bankrupt and lost the family farm. I’ve had the revelation that God is not a two-minute noodle but a roast dinner type of provider when as a young couple our finances were stretched at the end of the week. With a simple “I’d really love a roast dinner instead of these two minute noodles again” request, He instantly provided not one but two night’s meals, plus dessert!

I’ve walked with Him through the loss of babies, out of body – near death experiences, sicknesses, disease, financial pressures, failures, disappointments, anxiety, family dramas, and the deaths of my younger brother and father.

It has not been easy at times. Actually I’ve felt like I might just break more than once. But I haven’t, because God is faithful to His promises, and He enables us to “just keep walking with Him”. There have been times when I have had to adjust my point of view, and lifestyle to line up more clearly with God’s ways and plan for my life, and other times  where I’ve simply had to let go, and let God.

But through it all, and I am sure as I continue on this road less travelled, I know that God is God, and that He sees and loves me. In the brightest and darkest moments of my life He has and continues to be “right there”. Nothing is ever wasted and nothing is ever pointless, if we allow God to be in, and take hold of every brilliant moment, and also every terrible gut wrenching, “where are you God in this”, moment too. (Romans 8:28)

Paul in the bible knew of and experienced the highs and lows of life, yet he lived victoriously. Whatever he faced He knew that Jesus was enough, and that He would see Him through. Whether in plenty, or in a time of believing for resources to be supplied, He kept constant. He said these words in response to whatever he faced:

For God  has made this light shine in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. (paraphrased)

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.(2 Corinthians 4:6-8)

For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” (2 Corinthians 4:17)

“ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Today, whether you are in a season of harvest and breakthrough, or in the midst of a struggle, know that God is with you if you have asked him to be part of your life. He won’t let you down. Yes, there may be some necessary adjustments to get you to where you are going, or the need to let go of some things in your life. But God knows the past, present and everything in between. Let Him take the lead, and everything will be okay.

 If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:31-19).

Prayer: Lord thank you that everything is going to be okay. Whatever I may face in life would you remind and help me to understand deep down in my heart that you love me and won’t let me fall. Even if I stumble you promise that you will pick me up and put my feet back on solid ground. Please teach me your ways that I may walk in them. In Jesus Name Amen.

23 Feb -Achieve the dream

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Today my lovely husband Philip is guest blogging. Be encouraged to pursue all that God has made and planned for you to be as you read his thoughts today. 

As I write this I am watching my eldest son, Ben, train with his soccer team. Ben was selected to play for an under 15 NPL team, the highest level club team. He has been training for a couple of months. Today was the first day of training for those in the second and third divisions.

As I watched Ben and his first division teammates train I noticed that they had an intensity and purpose to their training. They all desire to be the best, and hopefully go on to national and international representation. When I looked across at the lower divisions, there was not the same and intensity. Some of the second division players had good skills, but were not as fit, or willing to push themselves, and they didn’t have the same desire and commitment in their training as the first division players.

This had me thinking about life. As a trainer, personal coach and pastor I have met some very talented and gifted people. Yet the gifted and talented do not always shine. I have seen some people with extraordinary talent in certain areas walk away from using and developing their gift because there was too much work involved. I can recall an extraordinary musician leaving a music school because there was a mix up when they enrolled. I have seen a brilliant mathematician (averaging 97%) leave higher education because it was too much work. Just as at our son’s soccer training, I have seen talented sports people leave sport because they didn’t want to put in the effort to train.

Talent is not the answer to achieving in life. Being gifted is not a guarantee of becoming who you were made to be. Every body has a God given dream inside them. But having a dream and being gifted and talented isn’t enough. We need to understand that there is also a price to pay to be who God made us to be.

Ben decided he wanted to be the best player he could, so he started training. He wanted to play at the highest level, so at the end of last season when everybody else his age was winding down Ben started a running and exercise routine. When many boys his age were laying on the couch over Christmas watching TV, Ben was working on his ball skills.

To achieve the dream that is inside us takes dedication, sacrifice and commitment. Talent and gifting may get us started, but it is character, commitment and sacrifice that will achieve the goal.

No doubt there will be setbacks and disappointments. The first club Ben tried out for already had their roster so they said no. He tried other teams and they were also already full. But Ben held on to his dream and kept training, thinking he would be ready when trials came up in a year’s time. However the unexpected happened. One of the teams suddenly had four spots open up and because Ben had paid the price and kept training he was ready, and was selected. He didn’t let the disappointments keep him from his dream. He kept preparing himself in readiness. This is the commitment, dedication and sacrifice needed to fulfil our dreams, even when it looks like it can’t and won’t happen.

From the sidelines people may think he was just in the right place at the right time. Yes, he was. But he was also ready because of the work he had done to take advantage of the opportunity. If he had stopped training he would not have been fit enough or skilled enough to be selected. Several boys missed out because they couldn’t keep up – they weren’t fit enough.

What is your dream? What would you like to achieve? Are you putting in the time and effort to position yourself to achieve it? If the dream is worth it then there is sacrifice involved. It may mean not buying items you want because you are saving for a house. It may mean having to study at night after work to get the job you desire. It may mean getting up earlier in the morning to exercise to become fit and healthy.

Everything has a price. Will you stand out from the crowd and pay the price, or will you settle and probably regret it. The choice is ours. No one said it would be easy, but when we achieve the goal, the sacrifice is forgotten, and we enjoy the achievement.

Make a decision today. Write down your goal. Work out the next step to achieving it and go for it! Make the commitment, decide you will overcome the setbacks, push forward and attain the prize.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win.” (1 Corinthians 9:24)

22 Feb -Never the same again!

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I was born in the early 1970’s, where I remember my mum wearing hippie looking clothes, love beads, and growing up listening to stories about the Jesus movement, and the power of God moving. We went to spiritual retreats, and experienced the move of the Holy Spirit awakening the church. Then came the 1980’s and the charismatic movement, where we would go to a church we affectionately called the “wild life centre”. As a child I watched in awe as people exuberantly danced, whilst being surrounded by music, laughter and prophetic words freely being given in the meetings. The people were different and colourful, but they looked happy. The late 1980’s and early 1990’s introduced me to John Wimber, and the vineyard movement and I was fortunate enough to attend several conferences where he and others like him spoke and ministered. There were healings, miracles, and a sound and freedom in the music that blessed my heart and soul. We were taught how to wait on God, to pray for one another and to expect God to show up.

In the late 1990’s a wave of power hit many Jesus followers; often recognisable by loud outbursts of laughter, miracles and joy. It was great, and I discovered, and grew so much in my friendship with Jesus.

Then it all seemed to go quiet, like God’s waiting for something… is it that He is waiting for us to get hungry again, to become dissatisfied with our quick God fix and easy to eat, fast food type of Christianity? God’s presence is still felt, He still reaches out to people, and heals and sets free all those who seek Him out. But it’s not like the outpourings of times gone by. My younger children haven’t seen the power of God on a large scale, but only little pockets of joy, healing and breakthrough. But little pockets of God moments aren’t enough! They aren’t enough for me, and they aren’t’ enough for this generation.

I believe we owe this generation an encounter. A lasting encounter and understanding of how big God is, how good He is, and that He wants for us to know Him, and Him us. When we give Him time, when we stop our rushing around and frenetic activity and seek Him, and I mean really seek Him, God always shows up.

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)

Imagine if we all pressed the pause button on a regular basis, if we all cried out, “God would you visit me, and reveal yourself and your ways.” Imagine if we all had a discontentment arise in our hearts and the quick fix, done that God moments weren’t enough any more, and we really sought His face. Imagine if we were all brave enough to let go of the systems of the world, and the pursuit of power and prestige, and got to the point where we didn’t care if everyone thought we had “lost it”, as long as we had Jesus showing up in our lives; in our lounge rooms, workplaces, and wherever we gathered together?

We owe this generation a life-changing encounter, where we are permanently changed, and never see God, heaven, and the universe in the same way ever again.

But perhaps it will only come when we become dissatisfied with the status quo, and seek to go deeper, not just for ourselves but for this generation. Where we let go of our stuff, of all the distractions, and the mind-set of a quick fix of God is enough, and instead cry out, and keep crying out, “God please move! Pour out your power again, reveal yourself afresh; that people will be drawn to you in vast numbers, in the hundreds and thousands of thousands. You’ve done it before God, would you please do it again.”

I encourage you to make that your hearts cry today; that both you and this generation will encounter God like they never have before, and that we would never be the same again.

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it” (John 14:13-14)

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT)

“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” (Psalm 85:6)

Have a listen to this song “I will never be the same” to encourage and inspire you today. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1ou36Er2mI

Prayer: Lord I’m asking that you make me dissatisfied with the status quo, with the quick fix God moments and the shallow. I want to know you God, and the depths of who you are. I want to experience heaven and all the wonders of your person more fully. Please would you move with your power, and reveal more of yourself in this time and hour. In Jesus Name Amen.

21 Feb -Going after your dreams.

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I love the TV show Grand designs. The show is based around filming the journey people embark on as they put everything on the line to build their dream homes. It is fascinating and remarkable to watch how much people’s enthusiasm, energy and belief in accomplishing their dream can achieve. It’s inspiring and challenging all at the same time, because so often we have the mindset that the dreams and desires in our hearts are not possible, or crazy or won’t work. All of those things may be true, but what if they weren’t? What if through God directing us, and some well planned research, preparation, commitment, and willingness to give it our best, we did live out our dream?

I’ve discovered that God loves for us to dream; He’s often the one who has placed those dreams in our heart in the first place. He loves for us to pursue our dreams, and to believe for the seemingly impossible. Yes we may stumble in the process, experience disappointments and setbacks, but if we are continually learning and developing into the person God has called us to be, then He will ensure nothing is ever wasted. In fact God says that He will bring all things together that we experience, so as to produce good things in our lives.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28 NLT)

I believe God has wired all of us to have a dream and purpose for our life. He wants us to go from faith to faith, never reaching the point where we stop dreaming. When we achieve one dream, to have the attitude of “what’s next God?” Yes we may need to make sacrifices, or adjustments to our life, but isn’t that better than having a mountain of regret that we never tried or bothered to pursue our dreams?

The people on the show “Grand Designs,” whose dream it is to build their own homes have something inside of them that I think all of us need a dose of. Often the only things going for them are their ability to work hard, be energetic, believe in themselves and those around them, and be willing to use the skills they’ve learnt along the way. But the results never cease to astound me.

Today, take some time to examine your own heart. What dream has God placed within you that He wants you to pursue and fulfil? Write it down, and spend some time praying over it; research how to begin, and start to equip yourself to fulfil your dream. Life is precious and God wants us to live our lives, and not just sit by watching the years go by. He says He will lead us, equip us, and bring other people into our lives to help us achieve the dreams in our heart. So dream big, and start the journey of living your dream today.

 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us”. (Ephesians 3:20)

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit (benefit), Who leads you in the way that you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

“And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.“ (Habakkuk 2:2)

Prayer: Lord help me to know the dream in my heart, and to see that in you all things are possible. Show me how to begin pursuing my dream, and please guide me in the way I should go. In Jesus Name Amen.

20 Feb -Finding my way back to you

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Many times in life we can get lost and off track. We can start off so well, knowing where we are going, and what direction to take. We have direction and purpose and know in our hearts that God is with us. But then life happens, and we can lose our way. We get blind sided, distracted or lead astray by our  own desires, or the influences  of others who aren’t on the same path as we are. If we are not careful we can find ourselves completely off track, and trying to find our way back to where we are meant to be. For some that is only for a short time, and for others it can sadly ends up being years before they find their way back to where God wanted them to be in the first place.

I remember a time when I had had to find my way back to Jesus. From a very young age I knew Jesus, and how much He loved me. At age seven I was preaching to all the other children on the school bus that Jesus was coming back, and they had better make sure they were ready. I’d look our the window each night searching the sky to see if I could see Him coming with His angels to take us all to heaven. I would often sit up on the hill behind our house talking and communing with Him for hours.

But then stuff happened. My parents went bankrupt and we lost the family farm that I had grown up on, which meant moving into town, which  I struggled to adjust to. Then at fifteen our family moved to Australia, and then a year later my parents separated. To add to all that some health issues I had battled with for several years worsened. At this time I started dating a young guy who had been attending the youth at the church I had started going to. He didn’t love or know Jesus the same as I did , but he was a welcome respite from the rest of my life, and I told myself it was okay to hang around with him and his friends. Within a year the closeness I had always experienced with Jesus seemed a distant memory. My health was suffering, and I wasn’t sure what I was meant to be doing with my life now that I had finished school. I had lost my way, and didn’t know which direction to take next.

And that’s when I realised I needed to find my way back to Jesus. Events and a move to a new city transpired, and the friends I had surrounded my life with were suddenly no longer part of my world. I started to attend church where I was living, and realised that I had begun taking the steps to find my way back to Jesus. Within a few months my life was radically transformed. I had reconnected with Jesus; was filled with the Holy Spirit’s power, and was wonderfully healed from the inside out. It was also in that place, and time that I met the man who was shortly to become my husband. I’d heard Jesus calling my name again, and I had found my way back to Him. Then He placed me on the path He had planned for me all along.

Today, if you feel like you have lost your way, or you don’t know which direction to go next, I want to encourage you. Jesus is calling and He knows the way. He always helps us find our way back to Him, (or to Him in the first place.) It’s so easy to get distracted, or lead up the wrong path, but no matter where or what you have been doing, or where you have missed an opportunity to follow Him, Jesus has the way back. If you listen, you will hear Him calling, and all you have to do is be brave enough to follow. I’ve discovered if you look for those who know Jesus already it makes the right path easier to find, plus you can ask them to help and pray for you.

Don’t waste another day being lost, or knowing that you have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Turn, and look to Jesus and He will show you the way home.

“Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, Where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find rest for your souls, says the Lord”. (Jeremiah 6:16)

 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you”. (Psalm 32:8)

Prayer: Jesus thank you that I can never get so lost that you can’t find me. Help me to be brave enough to admit that I lost my way, or taken a wrong turn and to stop and get the right directions. Please lead and guide me so that I can find my way back to you. In Jesus Name Amen.

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